09 November 2020 – S&A Awarded SEA 08, NNL, & SUPSHIP Groton Contract
Sellers & Associates, LLC (S&A) announced today an award to support the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program / Naval Reactors (SEA 08) in Washington, DC, the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, NY, and the Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Groton in Groton, CT. S&A will provide program management, budget and financial management, engineering and technical support, training, and executive services for US Navy nuclear submarine availabilities and Ship Alterations (SHIPALTS).
S&A will provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) level support to ensure Electric Boat (EB) cost and schedule execution as planned for nuclear Alteration Work Packages (AWPs), while preserving the integration of nuclear work priorities within the entire maintenance availability. Expertise will be provided in the structure, development, and use of cost data sheets, in depth knowledge of submarine availabilities, Government oversight, work control, and authorization processes for shipbuilding, as well as in directing and leading the establishment and implementation of an oversight system tailored to submarine nuclear alteration activities. S&A will provide additional expertise in:
• Program Management: S&A will develop and execute the Project Management Plan (PMP) to conduct the necessary comprehensive assessment to develop recommendations to establish a repeatable contract oversight, performance management, and prioritization of submarine nuclear alterations on maintenance availabilities in private shipyards. S&A will establishment and implementation of required program management processes and methodologies such as performance measurement baselines and change control processes, along with financial management tools, cost control support, and project management tools.
• Budget & Financial Management: S&A will provide expertise in ensuring the development of cost data sheets and associated reporting leverages shipyard cost collection systems as best practicable while providing the required at least better than historical detail of shipyard cost and schedule performance on nuclear alterations AWPs and Ship Work Line Item Numbers (SWILNs). S&A will provide expertise in cost estimating, financial budgeting, accounting, and cost control regulations, as well as processes and execution systems.
• Engineering & Technical Services: S&A will provide expertise in the oversight and prioritization of the project planning and execution of nuclear alterations work, S&A will provide expertise and advice on the oversight of shipyard work to promote more effective operations, elimination of unnecessary costs, and avoidance/resolution of prioritization of work between nuclear and non-nuclear AWPs and SWLINs. S&A will provide change control management oversight and analysis of potential conflicts between nuclear and non-nuclear work in coordination with SUPSHIP Groton on progress and changes in non-nuclear AWPs and SWLINs. S&A will provide advice on impacts to nuclear work from non-nuclear performance, and ensure mandatory work is expedited and contractually accounted and certified for the Nuclear Alterations AWPs. S&A will obtain all necessary concurrences to expedite new/growth work. S&A will provide expertise in the integration of nuclear alterations within submarine maintenance availabilities, a well as SUPSHIP authorities and oversight procedures. S&A will also provide analysis and recommendations to support subsequent private yard maintenance availabilities with nuclear alterations.
• Training: S&A will provide on-going training and development to address identified weaknesses in program/project management disciplines to enhance organic capability.
• Executive Services: Plan, schedule, coordinate, and facilitate highly technical meetings with senior-level stakeholders spanning SEA 08, NNL, SUPSHIP Gorton, EB, and others to drive progress in accordance with the established goals.
Naval Nuclear Propulsion (SEA 08) has comprehensive responsibility for the safe and reliable operation of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program. It has authority and reporting responsibilities within the US Department of the Navy (DON) – to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) – and to the US Department of Energy (DOE) – to the National Nuclear Security Administration. The program was created under Executive Order 12344 in 1982, and became a permanent federal program in 1999.
The Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) comprises the U.S. Department of Energy locations and personnel responsible for developing advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology, providing technical support to ensure safety and reliability of our nation’s naval reactors, and training the Sailors who operate those reactors in the U.S. Navy’s submarines and aircraft carrier Fleets. The NNL includes the Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, and the Naval Reactors Facility which have proudly supported the nation since 1946. The NNL has nearly 7,000 employees working at primary locations in PA, NY, SC, and ID. The NNL also has an established presence at numerous shipyards and vendor locations around the globe. NNL is dedicated solely to the support of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The NNL is operated by Fluor Marine Propulsion, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor Corporation.
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Groton (SUPSHIP Groton) is the liaison between the DON and Electric Boat (EB) Corporation, engaged in the design and construction of new OHIO Replacement and VIRGINIA Class nuclear powered submarines, as well as the repair and modernization of LOS ANGELES, SEAWOLF, and VIRGINIA Class nuclear submarines in the Fleet. With a workforce of approximately 3,000 personnel, SUPSHIP Groton is responsible to administer all contracts, outfit the ships, ensure compliance with technical and Quality Assurance (QA) contractual requirements, ascertain satisfactory production schedules are maintained, and ensure the final product delivered to the Fleet is ready sail and execute mission.
Work on this 5-year contract will be performed primarily in Charleston, SC, Washington, DC, Groton, CT, and Niskayuna, NY.